2019-20 LONGWOOD COACHES
10 Time National Champion
(2018, 2017, 2015, 2014,
3 Time Double National Champion
(2017, 2014, 2012)
Back to Back USAV National Champion
15 Straight Appearances
at AAU & USAV Championship
finals in Open Division
20 National Championship
Qualifications in Open Division
2 Time Coach of the Year
Florida Region & AVCA
( 2017, 2015)
Cynthia began playing volleyball at the age of 12. She was a natural at the setter position and played that position for her entire volleyball career. She played club volleyball for six years and was the starting setter on her high school team, Bayamón Military Academy, which had one of the top high school teams in Puerto Rico. Cynthia was awarded MVP in several high school tournaments and was named Athlete of the Year in her senior year. She was also awarded a scholarship to play at University of Sacred Heart in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After college, her talents were recognized at the next level when she was asked to play semi-professional volleyball, which she did for three years.
Cynthia began coaching club volleyball in 2000 and has 15 years of experience working with junior girls, primarily in the 10U-12U age groups. She came to the U.S. mainland 10 years ago and started working at
Orlando Volleyball Academy. She had great success with her teams and was presented with the OVA Coach of the Year award in 2011 and 2012.
She is a former coach at the high school level at City of Life Christian Academy. She led them to the District finals for the first time in school history. Cynthia has worked at many different camps on the University level, both in the United States and in Puerto Rico.
* 2016 – Jr. National Championship, Bronze Medal 12 Open, (OTVA) 12 Asics
* 2016 – AAU National Championship, Silver Medal 12 Open, (OTVA) 12 Asics
* 2016 – AAU National Championship, Silver Medal 13 Open, (OTVA) 13 Asics
* 2015 – Jr. National Championship, Bronze Medal 13 Open, (TBVA) 13 Black
* 2015 – AAU National Championship, Bronze Medal 13 Open, (TBVA) 13 Black
* 2014 – AAU Boys National Championship, Gold Medal 14 Open, (TBVA) 14 Tampa
* 2014 – AAU Girls National Championship, Silver Medal 12 Club, (TBVA) 12 Tampa
* 2013 – AAU National Championship, Bronze Medal 11 National, (OVA) 11 Asics
* 2013 – Jr. National Championship, Gold Medal 11 National, (OVA) 11 Asics
Richard Adorno Ruiz is from Puerto Rico and is a PE Teacher and a volleyball coach. He has 36 years of experience as a coach. He is a certified Level 3 International Coach, which is the highest level.
He has managed teams of minor categories at the university and professional levels. From 2011 to 2015 he was the President of the Technical Committee of Coaches of the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation. For 14 years (1989 – 2003) he was the Athletic Director of Nuestra Señora de Lourdes Catholic school (grades K-12).
During that time, he was also the volleyball coach. His boys Varsity team won the league championship for 8 straight years and the girls Varsity team won the last 4 years. From 2003 to 2017 Richard worked in a public school as a PE teacher.
In that time, he was the coach for Catholic High School College La Salle, obtaining the championship with the girls and boys teams in the junior category. Then from 2014 to 2016 he coached the JV and Varsity teams at Santo Tomas High School Academy, winning the championship in the last year and runner up in the years before.
Born on February 13, 1970 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Cristobal studied in Colegio San Antonio in Rio Piedras, PR and continued his higher education in the University of Cayey in the field of Business Administration. He took care of his family business restaurant in Old San Juan for 7 years.
At the age of 20 and after suffering a career ending knee injury, he began his coaching career in Venus Gardens Volleyball Club during summer camps. He continued his volleyball coaching experience working with Voliview Volleyball club in Cayey, PR.
In 2000 his 13U team won the 15 under Silver National championship in Puerto Rico. He followed with a Bronze medal in AAU Volleyball National Championship in Orlando, FL. in the 13’s Gold Division. In 2001 his 14U team won the Bronze medal in the Gold division at the Puerto Rico Volleyball National Championshiops.
In 2009, after training his team from the age of 5, Cristobal won the Gold Medal at AAU National Championship in Orlando, FL in the 12U division with his team, Toa Alta Queens, by defeating the top ranked team from Indiana. That same year he had the opportunity to be an assistant coach in the Professional Volleyball League of Puerto Rico with his team Las Llaneras de Toa Baja.
In 2010 he started at the university level as a head coach of The American University of Bayamon Campus.
Between the years 2010-2013, he coached the JV team at Bayamon Military Academy and won one national championship and finished runner-up the following two years. Cristobal also won several girls juniors national championship in the 16 ope and 17 Open divisions with the Toa Alta Queens Volleyball Club.
In 2014 to present, he led the volleyball club Vaqueras de Bayamon in several age group and won 7 Puerto Rico National Championships and two second place finished at the AAU Girls Juniors National Championships open divisions. He also led his 13 and 15 under teams to earn bid to the USAV Junior National Championship by winning the 13 Open and 15 Open division at the Chicago Windy City Qualifier. Coach Cristrobal is FIVB Level 1 certified.
Cristobal, is being two year with OTVA, he led 12U 3er place in the 2018 AAU Nationals in Club Division, and in 2019 with a 12under qualified for USAV Junior Nationals, and 3rd place in AAU Nationals in Club division.
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Omi started playing volleyball when he was 12 years old. At 14 he participated in the USA Boys Junior National Championships, finishing in 3rd place. He also played for his high school volleyball team, winning different invitational tournaments, including the National Championship of Public Schools in Puerto Rico. When he graduated, he was awarded with a Leadership medal. After graduation from high school, he received a full scholarship at the University of Puerto Rico in Bayamon. During his years of eligibility, he played on the volleyball team until he graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Adapted Physical Education. Omi has 8 years of coaching experience working with development teams and high performance teams from youth to professional categories, school programs, and private clubs.
His experience as a private club coach started at Toa Alta Queens Volleyball Club where he worked with girls teams, achieving some championships in local tournaments and a National Circuit Championship in the 9U category. He also worked with developing teams in 12u, 13u, 15u, and 16u. Then he moved to NV Elite Club in Naranjito, where he worked with boys and girls teams in 13u, 14u, 15u, 18u, 20u and 23u. He won different championship and runner-up awards in the most recognized tournaments in Puerto Rico and the USA like the Spring Volleyball Championship, Power League, National Circuit, Federation Cup, Volifest, Jeep Volleyball Championship and the USAV Jr. Olympics. After moving to the U.S., Omi worked at Nona Sports with a girls 13U local team, a girls 15U regional team, and a boys 14U regional team. Those teams had some 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes at different tournaments.
Omi has also worked with several school volleyball programs. He started working with the high school boys volleyball team in Naranjito as an assistant coach, ending the school year with some championship and runner-up finishes. The following year he was the head coach, leading to some championship and runner-up finishes in invitational tournaments. Omi was also recognized by the organizers of La Copa El Nuevo Día, the most important event at the school level. This exhibition helped 6 of the 7 senior students to receive a scholarship to college. Then he went on to work at Santa Teresita Academy as an assistant coach for a couple of years as well as head coach, working with the boys teams from the categories of mini all the way to seniors which resulted
in multiple championships. In the USA, he participated as a volunteer for the girls volleyball team at Sun Ridge Middle School, helping them reach a second place finish in the county. Omi also had the opportunity to work at the Puerto Rico professional level with Los Changos de Naranjito and Los Palataneros de Corozal as a statistical tracker and at the semi-professional level with Las Pinkin de Corozal as an assistant coach and a head coach.
Certifications Puerto Rico National Coach – Level I, II, and III
USAV Impact Certified
Coach Charlie Negron was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, in which he had his foundation for athletics. He played many sports in high school such as volleyball, basketball and track & field. He then went on to play
college basketball, volleyball and track and field at the University of Puerto Rico. After several years he returned to volleyball because of his children: Joanivette, Juancarlos, and Johan.
Coach Charlie has been coaching for more than 20 years, between high school and club programs (Tavares High School, Lake Brantley High School, Seminole High School, University High School – Orange City), as well as coaching and developing high performance athletes for National teams. It has been a gratifying experience to aid in the character development of young student-athletes. As head coach of high school and club teams and as an assistant coach for High Performance Team Florida, Coach Charlie has recognized that volleyball can be rewarding by forming athletes in their mental, social, technical and tactical skills that allow them to develop and to achieve their college and career goals.
Certifications NFHS Interscholastic Coach Certified
USAV CAP I Certified
USAV CAP II Certified
USAV Beach Impact Certified
Positive Coaching Alliance – Double-Goal Coach III: Developing Triple-Impact Competitors
* 2015 – USAV Jr. National Championship, Silver Medal 13 Club, TS 13 Elite
Coach Raphael enters his fourth season at the helm of the Bethune-Cookman University’s NCAA Division I volleyball program. With a young but athletic volleyball team, Coach Raphael is ready to lead the Lady Wildcats into unchartered territory and a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference bid to the NCAA Tournament. With a combined conference record of 16-14 in the last three seasons, B-CU is ready to make a serious MEAC tournament run this season.
“I am very excited to be at Bethune-Cookman University with this young team,” said Coach Raphael. “I am very excited for the challenge of getting this program to the top of the MEAC.”
USA Volleyball – Florida Region
In addition to countless hours at B-CU, Raphael has taken the time to be an active coach in the Florida Region of USA Volleyball. He was named the Florida Region’s Outstanding Juniors Coach (17U-18U Division) in 2009 and received the region’s Outstanding Service Award in 2012. He participated in the Team Florida High Performance program for seven years – a program that builds a national pipeline of junior volleyball athletes and coaches. Raphael guided the Team Florida Girls National Select Team to a gold medal at the 2013 USA High Performance (HP) Championships in Ft. Lauderdale.
In 2012 and 2013 Raphael was an assistant coach for the women’s Florida Wave professional team of the new Premier Volleyball League (PVL), a pro volleyball league sanctioned by USA Volleyball. Raphael was the founder and director of The Volleyball Academy at Winter Springs (TVA-WS), one of the premier clubs in Florida. Always notably strong, TVA won numerous tournaments including bids to the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics. TVA has prepared numerous athletes for college scholarships including schools such as Harvard, LSU, USC Aiken, and Eastern Carolina.
Raphael comes to the B-CU Lady Cats from Florida International University (FIU), where he was the setters coach for the Panthers, coaching All-Sunbelt selection Natalia Valentin. Prior to working at FIU, Raphael led his last three high school setters to scholarships at Florida Southern, Palm Beach Atlantic and Louisiana State (LSU). During his time coaching setters at FIU, the Panthers were 20-11.
The St. Croix, USVI (U.S. Virgin Islands) native coached at Winter Springs High School for eight years with seven years as head coach, leading the team to five district championships, two regional championships, and a state runner-up finish. He has coached numerous high school players to collegiate scholarships including All-American and 2009 ACC Player of the Year, Brianna Barry. Raphael is a UCF graduate (BS Mathematics Education) and has earned his Corporate MBA at FIU. He and his wife Jacqueline reside in Winter Springs with their five children: Mwai, Imani, Ishaq, Ismaiil, and Sky.
FIVB- Level 1 Certified
* 2016 – Jr. National Championship, Bronze Medal 12 Open, (OTVA) 12 Asics
* 2016 – AAU National Championship, Silver Medal 12 Open, (OTVA) 12 Asics
While playing multiple sports throughout his childhood, Alejandro started playing volleyball at the age of 12. He was a setter on Varsity for all 3 years in his middle school in Puerto Rico. As a leader, he helped the team win the Middle School Championship, going undefeated the whole season. Known as Coach Alex, he began coaching at Sanford Middle School in 2010 as both head coach of the JV girls/boys and an assistant of Varsity girls/boys, winning multiple county championships. He also coached at Crooms Academy as the head coach of the boys JV volleyball team and assistant of the Varsity volleyball team. He has served as a volunteer coach for the Oviedo Recreational League. Alex started his club coaching career at TVA where he coached the Elite 13s team and National 13s team. He also coached with Metro Orlando Juniors for 3 years. While coaching various teams, he helped the Metro Orlando 17s team finish 11th in the state (the team finished in the top 20 the prior year). Alex has received his Impact certification through USAV.
Semei Tello has been playing and coaching volleyball for 12 years. Semei is certified in USAV Impact, Beach Impact, and CAP I & CAP II. Semei served as the volunteer assistant at the University of Central Florida during the 2012-2013 season and 2014 spring season under Coach Todd Dagenais. While on staff with the knights, his responsibilities were on-the-court training – primarily with the liberos and defensive specialists, opponent scouting, video analysis, and statistical analysis using Data Volley. In 2015, his 17s girls team were the Canadian National Champions and AAU National Champion Runner Up. Semei was chosen in 2014 and 2015 to be an assistant coach with the Men’s Florida Pro team, the Florida WAVE. He has worked with the Team Florida High Performance program for three years now. In 2014 he won the Bronze medal with the Boys International Youth Team. In 2013 Semei helped the Lyman High School Boys Volleyball team to an undefeated 31-0 State Championship Title as an assistant coach. In 2008, he coached the Longwood Volleyball Club boys 15s team to a third place finish at Nationals, taking home the Bronze medal.
* 2016 – AAU National Championship, Silver Medal 15 Club, (OTVA) 15 Elite
* 2014 – High Performance Championship, Bronze Medal, Boys International Youth
* 2013 – FHSAA Boys State Championship, Gold Medal, Lyman High School
* 2009 – Boys Jr. National Championship, Bronze Medal 15 American, LVC
Ann Marie Watson